Room for Resistance - gendered appropiations of space in a poor urban community in Costa Rica

Karin Grundström

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Abstract

This paper discusses spatial interventions as an important part of women’s struggles to improve their living conditions in poor urban areas. A case-study from San José, Costa Rica is the basis for the discussion. Women’s interventions are analyzed in three public places— a park, a playground and a community centre— through the concept of appropriation. The study shows that women’s interventions have influenced both the built environment and the position of the participating women. The study points out women’s participation and challenges the image of the female poor as passive victims.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeeting global challenges in research cooperation Proceedings of a conference and workshop in Uppsala, May 27–29, 2008
PublisherThe Collegium for Development Studies Uppsala University
Pages518-526
ISBN (Print)978–91–975741–9–8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventMeeting Global Challenges in Research Cooperation, 2008 - Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 2008 May 272008 May 29

Conference

ConferenceMeeting Global Challenges in Research Cooperation, 2008
Country/TerritorySweden
CityUppsala
Period2008/05/272008/05/29

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Architecture

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